This year the Pasifika Fusion Competition was held on Wednesday, 26 and Thursday, 27 July at the Regent Theatre. The event saw schools from around the Manawatu showcase their many and varied talents.
Awatapu students participated in many of the categories including Wearable Arts, Speech, Talent, and Cultural Performance. Some of the highlights included Newdili Aiiloilo’s vocal solo in the talent category. Newdili impressed the judges with a beautiful rendition of an original Samoan song. Another highlight was the success of our orators, Mosiah Igatia and Teuila Nosa. Teuila was awarded first place in the English speech category, and Mosiah was awarded first place in the Niuean speech category and second place in the English speech category.
This year the Cultural group was larger than previous years with 32 students taking part in both traditional and contemporary performances. These students spent countless hours learning and perfecting dances from a range of Pasifika cultures. A big thank you to friends and family who came to support them, and to Mr Filipo for his time and effort working with the group.